The world of data is constantly evolving and this blog is a space to continue the conversation with British Columbians about government data. The list of data assets – including raw data, applications and application program interfaces – is ever-expanding and this blog shares real stories about how these things are being used in interesting ways.

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Here are the most recent posts:

Open Data Increases Learning Opportunities for BC Students

Posted on November 24, 2011
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Some of the province’s future leaders are the students at British Columbia’s high schools, universities and colleges. Education is a foundation to helping them reach their potential. And now... Read More

City of Surrey Hackathon

Posted on November 22, 2011
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Ever wondered which BC communities are leading the charge on open data? Surrey is for one. This past Sunday the City of Surrey hosted their first Open Data Hackathon. After a decade of providing... Read More

The next generation of ‘coders’

Posted on November 7, 2011
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What happens when you combine smart students, data, a smattering of food and let them flex their mental muscles? They come up with cool ideas to help other students, teachers and their fellow... Read More

The DataBC Policy Stack

Posted on October 19, 2011
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One of the things that's important to understand about open data projects is that while they're fundamental, it's not all about a data catalogue and it's not even all about data. Instead, there... Read More

GeoBC to DataBC and Beyond

Posted on October 13, 2011
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      Before open data became widely known, it was obvious to those in the know that the real data leaders have been people working on enterprise data sharing and geospatial... Read More

It’s Right to Know Week

Posted on September 28, 2011
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This week is Right to Know Week. Recognized across Canada since 2006, Right to Know Week is a way to raise awareness of people’s right to access public information held by governments and other... Read More

The DataBC Beta and You

Posted on September 12, 2011
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  It’s been more than a month and DataBC is still in ‘beta’ mode – why?   In the development world, ‘beta’ is a type of testing done using everyday conditions that helps... Read More

DataBC Hackathon Recap

Posted on August 30, 2011
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  This past Saturday just over 50 people--primarily folks who work in government and technology, or both--got together to use data and great ideas to make BC better. As our roundup video... Read More

The DataBC Hackathon: What are we working on?

Posted on August 27, 2011
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  If you've been following the #dbchack hashtag, you've been seeing a lot of ideas flowing. In fact, there's a list of them here. So what have people settled on? Here's a quick... Read More

Introducing the GeoMark Service and API

Posted on August 26, 2011
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For people who need to register land use with the Province, one of the challenges is the need to prepare a map showing their area of interest.  For many authorizations, a high quality map is a... Read More

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